Patricia Gannon: Delta Sigma Theta summons sisters

“Women Empowering Women” was the theme as ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Opelousas Alumnae Chapter debuted their Hat and Glove Dinner Party at the Opelousas Civic Center.

Serenaded with a special vocal tribute written and performed by Lee Ella Williams, of Lake Charles, emotions ran high as members joined the musical homage to charter members Lillie Ewell, Mary Jane Guidry, Wanda Callier, Sheila Loeb Mouton and Debra Randall Lamb. Speaker for the evening was McDonald’s franchisee Johnnie Marks, of Carencro, who urged the audience to follow their dreams despite the obstacles.

There were no obstacles to the finale, a hat and glove parade to the tune of Pharrel William’s “Happy.”

The event raised funds for projects, scholarships and aims to reclaim long-lost sorority sisters. More than 100 years old, Delta Sigma Theta was founded by collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic excellence and civic activism.

When life gives you lemons …

Make lemonade, which is just what young entrepreneurs from ages 4-13 did during Southside Library’s Tasting Contest.

A precursor to Lemonade Day on May 3, the program is designed to inspire children to become entrepreneurs using a lemonade stand.

“We’ve got the money raised,” said tasting judge Blaise Zuschlag. “All we need is the kids. We want stands blanketing the city.”

Also judging was KATC-TV’s Marcelle Fontenot, who agreed with The Advocate that young Ahmed Elgamel blew away the competition for first place with his mint lemonade; cousins LaeLeigh St. Romain and Mason Romein placed second with their traditional entry, and Garon Seaux wowed judges with his watermelon version for third. Entry forms can be found at both Rouses and Raising Canes, and participants receive a complimentary lemon-yellow bag for their business plan.

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